On Day 12 of Minnesota State Shutdown, Some Residents Losing Patience

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It's day twelve of the Minnesota government shutdown, now the longest state government shutdown in U.S. history. On the first of July, after Minnesota's Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders failed to enact a new budget, the state sent home 22,000 state workers and closed 66 state parks. All but the most essential services were put on pause. Even the websites are closed.

The shutdown is extracting an economic toll on both individuals and the state as a whole. Many state employees were sent home without a paycheck — and a conservative advocacy group, Minnesota Majority, estimates that the shutdown is costing the state $65 million per week in revenue. And there's no end in sight.

For more on what's happening there, we talk to Bill Salisbury, chief political reporter for St. Paul's Pioneer Press, and Jim Ullmer, a commercial vehicle inspector who is temporarily unemployed, thanks to the shutdown. He’s been passing the time going to rallies at the Capitol, and baby-sitting his 20-month-old granddaughter.


Bill Salisbury and Jim Ullmer

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [2]


One wonders, when will The Takeaway present the Republicans' side of the Minnesota budget debate?

Minnesota has a state spending problem. Not a tax problem. Minnesota's spending problem is prolonged by Democrat Governor Mark Dayton.

If Dayton and teh Democrats would limit overall state spending growth to just 10% over the next two years, they could close the current deficit.

From the Wall Street Journal editorial page (subscription required):
"Dayton's original tax plan would have raised the income tax rate to 13.95%, higher even than in New York City. That increase over the current 7.85% rate was rightly ridiculed as a jobs killer, so he then proposed a 10.95% rate on income above $1 million. This would be the third highest state tax rate, behind only 11% in Hawaii and Oregon."

Minnesota's legislative Republicans have passed a responsible $34 billion budget. Dayton, refusing the will of the legislature, vetoed it. it appears that Mark Dayton wants to be a one-man super-legislature.

Again from the WSJ:
"...Minnesota... already has the sixth highest corporate income tax rate (9.8%), one of the highest death tax rates (8% to 16%), and the seventh highest tax burden overall as a share of income, according to the Tax Foundation. That hasn't helped the economy, and over the last decade Minnesota has lagged the national average in job creation, domestic migration and personal income growth, according to a new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council...
"...Meanwhile, California, Hawaii, Maryland and Oregon have tried soaking the rich, and most of their budget problems have persisted. Experience shows that trying to balance a state budget by loading the tax burden on 1% of the richest residents is fairy-dust economics."

Jul. 12 2011 10:35 AM
Dan from Minneapolis

Minnesota Majority estimates $65 million per week. Not per day.

Jul. 12 2011 02:41 AM

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